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>> it's about two couples that war over an adopted child. it's incredible. >> thank you very much for joining us today. >> thank you. >> see you tomorrow. bill: hey tkpwaoeurbgs thanks to you also, a great show this morning. breaking details involving a terror arrest, police say this man, 22-year-old, planted a fake bomb in a trash can in chicago, about a block from wrigley field and that he had more targets in mind, a lot to learn about this story. it's breaking right now and i'm bill hemmer, how you doing, martha? martha: doing well, good morning, everybody. i'm martha maccallum. we are learning disturbing details about the man, sami samir hassoun. >> we considered him to be a serious threat to the public and if we didn't provide him with the materials he thought were need to carry out his plot he could have gone to someone aelts, got the assistance -- gotten the
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assistance he needed and carried out the attacks. martha: he told agents he wanted to terrorize chicago to create chaos. we're getting a report from chicago and will get it to you shortler. >> a shooting at the fort woods army base in texas ends with a gunman shot dead and two victims wounded, army officials say it happened inside a convenience store on base grounds, he shot two female employees before police opened fire. it's unclear of the motive. this follows last november's fort hood shooting which took the lives of 12 people, wounded 31 others. bill: it's 42 days and counting before the mid terms and brand new fox poll going our newsroom givingas much better picture of how likely voters, how likely voters are leading in some of the key ballot states. first up, california, that senate race, watch this one, neck and neck, according to our polling between incumbent barbara boxer and
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former hewlett-packard ceo carly fiorina. that's a 47-46, 1 point advantage for boxer, well within the polls, three-point margin of error. also in the american west, in nevada a. tossup against harry reid, 45, sharron, angle, the challenge, on the republican side, a tea party backed candidate, 46-45, a one point edge, well within the margin of error. this poll should disappoint the reid camp, 54 percent of likely voters in nevada disapprove of his job performance, and speaking of jobs, nevada has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, that along with the state of michigan. doesn't help much when you come into this atmosphere. this is likely voters, again, which could be a big difference between making phone calls and trying to figure out who you like. will you go to the polls, if you go to the polls, who are you likely to vote tporbgs that's what we're finding out. martha: these things are getting very interesting.
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we are wait ago big announcement from the tea party. national coordinators of the tea party patriots group, they will reportedly announce a major cash infusion for their movement. this has been a very big party year as you know for the tea party following a string of midterm primary wins. we're going to bring you that news conference, see if we can find out about where that money is coming from and how much they're getting. all that in a few moments. bill: former president bill clinton -- bill clinton is on the record with greta, telling her about what he thinks about the tea party movement and how it is to be interpreted today. here's the president: >> the grassroots tea party impulse is basically positive. what they're saying is america doesn't work for american ordinary people and the people that caused the economic crisis, big banks, they're in good shape, and we're not. the government helps the big guys, doesn't help the little guys and everybody works for the good government -- for the
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government, they're in good shape, they have a job, they have health care, they can make mayor authority payment and we're not. bill: that was from greta. more later today. he went ton say some of the tea party backed candidates won the primaries for the wrong reasons. we'll find out more from the tea party in about an hour from now when they make their big hot announcement today. speaking of hot, all the political developments in november, at your fingertips, wherever you are, download the america's election headquarters iphone app, get that on the website, fox, or pick it up at the app store extime you're online, or you might be online right now, 24/7. five minutes past. martha: big headline this morning, folks, the great recession is over. that is the declaration from leading economists this week. in fact, it happened in june, technically, of last year, according to the national bureau for economic research, but struggling americans beg to differ this morning. here's president obama, hitting that point during a town hall event yesterday: >> even though economists
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may say that the recession officially ended last year, obviously, for billions of people who are still out of work, people who have seen their home values decline, people who are struggling to pay the bills day to day, it's still very real for them. martha: in fact, the latest numbers show that nearly 15 million americans, the total number, including those who have stopped looking, are out of work. let's have steve force, editor in chief of forbes magazine, as well as the author of how capitalism will save us, welcome, good to see you as always. >> thank you. martha: good morning. i think a lot of folks were surprised by this information but break it down for us. what they're saying is we've had two consecutive quarters of growth. correct? >> well, that's right. and what is surprising is not that the recession officially ended last year, but how feeble the recovery bounceback has been. never in our history, modern history, have we had such a sharp downturn as in early
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2008, 2009 and not have it followed by short term and vigorous snapback. this has been a feeble recovery on record given the severity of the hit we took in late 2008 and 2009. martha: i think that really gets to the heart of the matter and goes to what we were hearing at this town hall meeting, people standing up and saying high mohammed isn't worth what it used to be worth, the job market is stagnant, or if you do have a job, very few feel their salary is going to go up soon and they're asking is this what we're supposed to get used to, is this the american reality and some say is the american dream over. >> if we continue the current government polices the answer is the dream will be over but we're not going to continue these polices. what we're seeing is a replay of what happened in the late '70s, early 1980s when we had a malaise decade, higher unemployment than we have today, people thought our best days were over, reagan came in, put in substantial reforms and this country quickly got back on
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its feet. so if we stop the binge spending, trashing the dollar, suspend obamacare for, say, 100 years, you would see this economy come back pretty quick. martha: it comes down to what the dynamic is that makes that trigger, though, and i know you can argue the saving graces of capitalism and lowering tax and the like, to stimulate the economy. but do we need more than that? i mean, look at the housing market. we have a tremendous amount of inventory out there and not a lot moving. >> well, that, again, is the government mucking up the markets, fannie and freddie, intervening in the mortgage market, lenders, most of them can make a distinction between people having trouble because they are temporarily unemployed, and those who made no downpayments shouldn't have been in houses in the first place. so unless you make those distinctions, housing is going to be under a real cloud, but as soon as the government gets out of the way there, you're going to see in two years, martha, and i'll predict a substantial upturn in house building because we're not building up houses to
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replace wear and tear on old houses and the rising population. martha: you heard it here. the housing market will recover in two years, and we'll start to see the turnaround. thank you steve forbes. >> thank you martha. martha: how do you feel about your economic situation compared to a -- to a few years ago? this is what it comes down to when you step into the voting booth, do you think things are better or worse off? there's bill hemmer on the screen. head over to our website and see him, and check owl the cool stuff going on there at"america's newsroom". bill: just about everywhere, online, on tv, blah blah blah! we had a numberieie -- he's exactly right about housing. we had a number that said housing in august was up 10 percent for new construction. when was the last time we saw that figure? martha: and home builders, we've seen some of their stocks bouncing back. what it does to the overall inventory in housing market remains to be seen. we'll see. bill: in the meantime, republicans set to unveil some of the changes that
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they want to see in washington if they win in november. some clues on what the platform from november will be in a few moments. we'll reveal some of the details right here live. martha: plus, they say that they will basically chip away at the health care reform bill if they can't repeal it all together. republicans' new plan for the president's signature law shaping up to be a huge battle of will in washington. bill: also president obama facing angry americans, from some of his strongest supporters. why some folks say they are tired of defending the president. >> my husband and i joked for years we thought we were well along this era of our life but quite frankly, it's not ringing true, that that might be where we're headed again.
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martha: a nato helicopter crashes in southern a*lz afghanistan, killing nine u.s. troops. this is the deadliest chopper crash for the
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coalition in four years. according to nato four others were hurt including an american civilian. there are no reports of reason me fire at this time. officials say the crash makes 2010 the deadliest year for our soldiers since the war began, nine years ago. bill: awful stories. house republicans, set to unveil a new contract with america, a blueprint on how they will run the government if they gain control of the house and senate come november. the rollout stems from an online program that's called america speaking out which urges americans to share priorities and their ideas for the nation. here is how the house republican leadership unveiled their idea just a few monthing back: >> the purpose of this project is to give the american people a mega phone to speak out, using the best technology available. it lifts the voices and help of the american people so we begin by listening and turning around the equation in this town to produce an economy and an america that
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meets with the approval of the american people. bill: so here we are now, four-months later, after the idea was hatched. that was the idea. what did they get from it? ed pileski, counselor -- former counselor to president bush, and thank you for being here. i've gotten a sneak peek at what is expected on thursday pretty standard fare, three days to rebuild -- to read the bill before it's voted which recently came out of the health care debate in washington, centers on job creation and the economy, pretty much a no brainer when it comes to polling and national security is a big issue. seems pretty standard, does it not? >> unfortunately it's not standard fare in washington now. as we saw, we saw these 2000 page bills being jammed through the house of representatives without members of congress or the public having the opportunity to read them. the republicans are saying if we have control of the pous, we're going to -- house, we're going to stop that practice. we don't have job creating polices right now, we have
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job killing polices. this administration and this congress are about to impose the largest tax increase in american history on the american economy at a time when we need to be creating jobs. we just saw this morning, more reports of the health care mandate on small businesses, causing premiums to go up, hurting job creation again. and in terms of national security, we are not more secure as a nation as a result of the obama administration's polices or as a result of the pelosi-reid congress' activities and i think republicans are right to say if we're given the opportunity we will make us stronger as nation. so it's not standard fare, it should be standard fare and if republicans get control of the house it will be standard fare. bill: this is not public yet. what am i missing in my previous question? that will come out on thursday. >> i think that what was noted early on is that this is not a top-down document. i worked very closely on the contract with america back in 1994. i think it was a very good governing document. and it was the result of members of congress and the house republican conference
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coming together. this is a bottoms-up process, this website, these town hall meetings held over the course of the summer, resulted in hundreds of thousands of americans saying here's what we would like to see our congress be responsive, and how we would like to see laws being made and what laws should be made and house republicans have listened to that, and they've taken these ideas and put them into a set of governing ideas that not only are good for next congress but for this congress, bill. they're going to say to nancy pelosi, let's bring these things up for a vote now, we shouldn't have to wait until january to try to foster job creation and spur investment in our economy just because we're not in control here. bill: you mentioned 1994, from 16 years ago. i'm looking at a picture on the screen of newt gingrich, that was on the steps of the capitol and you're going to go far away from that now, going to go to a hardware store in northern virginia which seems obvious there, speak to small business, find out what you need, find out how you can help them.
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what i have not seen and what i've read so far is appealing to social issues. have they been sidelined in 2010? >> they've not been sidelined. social issues are always important in the political process. i think it's safe to say when you ask voters today, top of mind response, what's the most pressing issue facing the country today, they'll say jobs and the economy, probably followed closely by debt and excessive federal spending. but i think one of the things that's been clear from this document, from what we've seen of it, and it's not all out there obviously, but from what i understand, that the focus will be on jobs, economy, national issues, and it's not a full two-year governing document, it's to say here's what we're going to do when we first get control because these are priorities, and i think you have to prioritize the most important function for the majority is scheduling on the floor of the house what bills you're going to bring and what republicans are saying, if we get control, we're going to bring these bills to the floor immediately to spur job creation and investment in
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our economy, and turn things around and get control of the excessive spending and government intervention in our economy. bill: it's going to be a big story on thursday. thought we'd get ahead of it today, and appreciate you coming in today. we will get the democratic reaction to what these ideas are and what will be on the table a bit later today. ed gillespie, taking off from washington, more on that this week. martha: speaking of all that, republicans say they have a new plan to toss out the new health care law. senator john barrasso has always been one of this law's biggest opponents, he's going to join us live to talk about what this plan is. meanwhile, some of the president's own supporters took him on at a town hall event: >> i'm exhausted at defending you, defending your administration, defending the man for change that i voted for and you should be disappointed where are we are -- with where we are now. >> what do folks at home tell us? have you seen any change in terms of what president obama promised? we to our website and send
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me a tweet or e-mail, and we'll talk about the change that president obama promised, and how it has evolved, in his presidency.
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bill: border boycott. only one u.s. governor attending a meeting meant for u.s. and mexican border governors. that would be the conference host bill richardson. texas governor rick perry, arizona governor january brewer did not attend. -- jan brewer did not attend. they are -- california's lieutenant governor is subbing for governor schwarzenegger. mexican governors threaten to boycott brewer over their immigration law in that state. martha: fox news alert now. we are awaiting iranian
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president mahmoud ahmadinejad, speaking at the u.n. general assembly, sparking controversy after choice words early they are week, he told reporters, quote, the future belongs to iran. eric shawn is live from the united nations in new york city. eric. >> reporter: we are waiting for iranian president mahmoud ahmadinejad to address the united nations. the obama administration says as far as discussions with iran about its nuclear program, the door is open. the question this morning, will ahmadinejad walk through that door or slam it in our face. this morning's address to the u.n. deals with the millennium goals effort at the united nations, the body trying to cut global poverty in half by the year 2015. about 1.4 billion people live in extreme poverty, estimated and considered to survive on less than 1.25 a day. the u.n. wants to try to cut that in half. this morning, ahmadinejad will be discussing that and
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addressing that issue later on this week. he will have the opportunity during the general assembly session to address broader world issues. but tomorrow, the issue of the nuclear program that continues will be on the plate with the members of the security council plus germany, iran continues to defy the security council resolutions, four of those, as well as defy the u.n. on its continuing of uranium enrichment. there are of course suspicions they are trying to achieve a nuclear bomb. ahmadinejad denied that, saying it's against the tenants of islam but iran recently banned u.s. weapons and inspectors from the iaea, the atomic energy agency, from inspecting some of the nuclear sites, and some think that meeting tomorrow may not go well because russia and china, even though they've signed on to the resolutions have largely allied themselves with tehran, china dealing with a lot more trade, iran putting -- or russia putting online iran's first nuclear
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plant just a few weeks ago, a plant that israel has called unacceptable. president obama will address the millennium goals summit here tomorrow and also will address the general assembly on thursday. martha. martha: a lot to look forward to. eric, thank you very much, eric shawn at the u.n. bill: always makes headlines, every year here in new york. hey, you remember this guy? roll it here: >> i'm not going to jail! bill: that is one fed up father, striking a nerve, storming a school bus, giving a tong lashing to kids on board who were booing his disabled daughter. what the father is saying now about that incident, today, in minutes. also -- >> martha: the national guard in one state taking the heat for sparking a raging wildfire. the communication breakdown that guard leaders say led to this ferocious fire.
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martha: all right. it's that time of year again, folks. there is mahmoud ahmadinejad, president of iran, speaking at the united nations. we're going to be morning treupbg what he is saying. you can see is streaming live on fox if he says anything important or news worthy we'll get you back there, turn it around and get it on air for you, streaming, online, bill: 9:30, top stories now this, hour, the 12th storm of the hurricane season forming now in the atlantic, that's tropical storm lisa.
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she follows julia, churning out there in the atlantic ocean. the man suspected of killing a north carolina police chief's daughter due in court today, police say michael neil harvey killed 23-year-old valarie hamilton, last week her body found stuffed into a storage unit in north carolina. the national guard is taking heat for a wildfire south of salt lake, forcing thousands to grab what they could and get out to safety. >> we had the ground crews focusing on it, as well as the black hawks, when the wind picked up it grew beyond what we could respond to and we called in unified fire. >> this fire still is moving around, it's rapidly moving, and although they've brought in some additional resources to combat it could shift at any time. >> we've got crews all out working, we've got more resources on the way, we've got airtankers, we're doing all we can to keep everybody safe. >> my husband said oh, we'd better make sure we better get everything together, grab pictures, important
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documents. bill: they got weather help yesterday. let's hope it stays the same today. live machine gun training over the weekend triggering a fire in tinder box conditions in utah. south of salt lake city. fox news alert, brand new polling numbers give us a picture of how likely voters are leaning ahead of the mid terms. in the state of delaware this is what we find, 54 percent of voters favor the democratic senate candidate chris krao*pbs, the tea party favorite, christine o'donnell, 39 percent in that vote. when asked who was qualified to be a senator, 60 percent say o'donnell is not qualified, 59 percent say coons is the right candidate for that job. just in here at fox news. more now with martha. martha: interesting numbers there. all right, well, president obama faced very tough questions on the economy during a heated town hall in washington yesterday. one woman named vel ma hart
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told the president she was exhausted, tired of defending him and she would like to see the change she voted for. listen to this: >> i'm one of your middle class americans and quite frankly, i'm exhausted, i'm exhausted of defending you, defending your administration, defending the man for change that i voted for, and deeply disappointed with where we are right now. i have been told that i voted for a man who said he was going to change things in a meaningful way for the middle class. i'm one of those people, and i'm waiting for -- i'm waiting. i don't feel it yet. martha: ow. a former hillary clinton adviser and democratic consultant, chip salzman was mike huckabee's campaign manager. kiki, that had to be a tough moment for folks in the white house to watch. >> i think it's probably a relief moment where i don't think the president is impervious to the fact that people feel this way but i think it's really important that other americans saw him, listen, hear it, and take it for lack of a better phrase.
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and i think that sometimes when there's been an 800-pound gorilla in the room and someone finally calls it for what it is, there's of a relief because now we can address it and move forward. >> a lot of people would say how could that elephant in the room not have made itself known by now, people have been yelling and screaming about this for months and months. >> i think it has been known. i think the difference was folks getting to see the president in a room, just a few feet away from the woman who said it. i think that it makes people recognize he hear it is and he knows it because he's sitting right there. martha: so kiki is arguing this is sort of a cathartic political moment for the president, that you you know, having him face the music in that room gives him an opportunity to, i don't know, maybe pivot, maybe change course a little bit here. >> kiki is one of the best in the business and i guess that's what she's coming with, because that's all they got. there's a huge amount of frustration, not only just in the middle class, but all around this country, about the economy and about what's going on in this country,
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and the president is just now in that, we've got bigger problems than i thought. martha: you know what, i -- >> go ahead. i want to hear from the president, let's play his response and we'll go back to you guys so we can come full circle on this: >> my goal here is not to try to convince you that everything is where it needs to be. it's not. that's why i ran for president. but what i am saying is that we're moving in the right direction. and if we are able to keep our eye on our long term goal, which is making sure that every family out there, if they're middle class, that they can, you know, pay their bills and have the security of health insurance, retire with dignity and respect, send their kids to college, if they're not yet in the middle class, that there are ladder toss get into the middle class, that people
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work hard and get an education and apply themselves, that's our goal. martha: after this, kiki, basically the two said there was a disconnect here. president obama was talking about college scholarships as being one of the ways to help out the middle class, and also, talking about credit card and mortgage company reform, and meanwhile, this woman is saying you know, the value of my home is not what it used to be, my retirement savings are not what it used to be. she's talking specifically about the stuff that makes her feel like she's never going to get back to where she was. >> i don't think there's a disconnect, and let me tell you why. there's not a disconnect because the thing the president was talking about are elements to make a strong economy again which are going to help this woman. interestingly, martha, you earlier on fox & friends had the other young gentleman who spoke with the president last night and asked is the american dream really dead, is that dead to me now and the president said no. when this gentleman was on fox earlier this morning, he said he was glad for the conversation, because, in fact, he heard what the president had to say about all the work that was going on to strengthen the economy
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and strengthen the middle class. so i think what's happening here is this woman had a terrific opportunity, and she used it well. what a way to really make it come to life, what she was experiencing, what a lot of people are experiencing directly to the president, in the same room, not through an interview on tv. it's true, some staff person -- not some staff person saying gosh i heard, but what an punt to the president to say these are the things we can do to make the middle class strong and when we do that, we make our economy strong. martha: and i guess when asked, gretchen asked him would you vote for the president again, he said yes, i would. so you know, it is a feeling that is the president going to be able to convince people we're turning a corner. they announced the recession is over is june, not a lot of folks feel that way, but any chance for that? >> it's going to be tough. i know he now says recession is over. we had this great summer of recovery that most barely survived, including some of the people at the town hall meeting. look, after a trillion
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dollars in spending money on a health care bill, he's got a lot of work to do and what's the solution? raise taxes and have the biggest tax increase in the history of this country. they are completely misconnected with the middle class, and that's why they're going to have a hard time in the midterm elections and then as his reelection starts, about 15 seconds after that is correct he's going to have to explain to the american people exactly what's happened to the economy and the middle class because he had a lot to do with spending us out of it. martha: this is the big question that remains. we'll talk to you guys soon and we want to get more responses from you at home. is the american reality, as that woman said the a the end of her comments, is this the reality, just let me know, is this what i'm supposed to get to now s. my reality different now, is my situation forever changed and that is the question hanging out there. here's a couple of -- a couple of tweets we got. corey said only for the worst when asked if the change is working for her, chris from texas, we're deeply disap$ in what obama
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promised and what he really had in mind. that has to be the part of this that is unnerving to folks at the white house. these are people who voted for president obama. and voted for change. they're not getting the change they asked for and no doubt there are people who are satisfied, but those are just some of the smatter thank we're hearing from and most of them i have to say went in that direction. bill: interesting to watch, wasn't it? martha: very. bill: a lot of times these are set up where -- >> martha: you don't get a question like that. bill: you don't get surprises and there were surprises. martha: it was a surprise moment, all around, you could tell. bill: meanwhile, does the latest "rasmussen poll" show that american views are more in line with sarah palin than the president? 52 percent said when asked say their views are closer to palin's, 42 percent say obama. chew on that. martha: we got a lot of good numbers to look at and more coming. and there's a brand new push out there, we've been hearing a lot about this, to
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repeal health care. repeal health care reform. coming up, we're going to look at what republicans have in mind, how they plan to go about that, and then have you seen this? bill: you can only imagine how many were injured after that happened in a split second, where this happened and how did this go so terribly wrong? back in three minutes on "america's newsroom".
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martha: about 13 minutes into the trading day on wall street, stocks are up. they just popped earnings we were up 14 a second ago, now down nine. positive report came out on construction, so the markets are mulling that around a bit, as we keep an eye on the action throughout the morning in "america's newsroom". bill: the bulls have been running, haven't they? >> martha: and taking a breather for a moment here.
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if they can't get rid of it they will chip away at it slowly. one piece at a time. that's what some republican lawmakers say is their plan to repeal or roll back president obama's health care law, that plan coming amid new calls for premium increases that we reported about a week ago. republican senator john barrasso of wyoming is with me now. good morning to you. >> good morning, bill, thank you for having me. bill: you got t you're a doctor, first, a senator, second, so this hits near and dear to you, but this is a tall order. when you know the sitting president has a veto pen in his hand, how can you be effective at turning over anything if you're going to try to repeal the entire bill or take away parts of it? how is that possible? >> well, the american people are going to be a big part of that come november. when they go to the voting booths and say we are tired, mr. president, of you ignoring us, not listening to the american people, the president is disconnected with the voices of america. you know that 61 percent of americans in this post
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recent "rasmussen poll" have said they oppose this health care bill, they want it repealed and replated. and if we can't immediately repeal the whole thing, we're going to strangle it off, piece by piece. bill: i understand that's your strategy, but again, you've got that veto pen that you're up against. >> the president is going to see overwhelming, i believe, opposition to some so many of the things he's put so that's why we're going to go after it and you can go after part of it on the funding. the internal revenue service needs $10 billion to go and implement a number of mandates, the mandates that individuals buy insurance, the mandate that is businesses supply insurance to people, and if we don't fund the internal revenue service to go and investigate american citizens, then that's going to be money that -- that's going to be one way to go against the funding. bill: you could pass a law that would hold up the payments or the financing that would prevent the new
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health care law from going into effect that, would be your strategy? >> you will not pay for certain enforcement provisions. if you don't put the extra $10 billion that they need into health and human service to write all of its rules and regulations that is certainly going to grind it, slow it down. we need to strangle it off piece by piece if we're not able to with the president's veto pen repeal the whole thing. bill: you would do that on the senate side. you'd need approval on the house side to get that through, right? >> i can tell you, after november, the house, the makeup of the house is going to support that sort of activity. to de fund so many of the implementation parts of this. because this is a bill, this law, it's bad for patients and they know it, it's bad for providers, the nurses and the doctors that take care of patients, and they know it. i was visiting with them this past weekend in wyoming. and it's bad for the taxpayers who are going to have to foot the bill and they know it. that's why 61 percent of americans want to repeal and
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replace this terrible health care law. bill: almost on cue, this is what you're referring to, the "rasmussen poll", 61 percent are in favor of repealing it. you mentioned a couple of things. help me drill down more to understand this, senator. you can also target the mandates that requires americans to carry health insurance or face a penalty. that's what the whole lawsuit is about in florida that's ongoing, it involves 20 different states. of everything you've outlined right now, do you think one has a better shot than the other? >> well, i'm delighted that these 20 different states have brought this, and that pace is moving forward and i'm hoping the supreme court sees it the way that so many americans see it, is that the government does not have the right to tell individual american citizens that they have to buy a product. so that's number one. we want to repeal the mandate that businesses have to supply insurance, we want to repeal what's called the class act, which even the democrats call a po*pbdzie scheme. just this last week, we had a bill to take away part of
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the health care law that is really unnecessary, burdensome paperwork on small businesses. it's going to cost them billions of dollars. we have seven democrats, senators, vote with us on that. so there are things we can do, bill. bill: okay. >> to strangle this health care law, when is terrible. bill: maybe i can ask it a different way, then. is there a consensus within the republican party strictly on the senate side as to what is the target? you've thrown out at least three different ideas, is there a consensus over which one you want to go after? >> there's all of those, plus allowing states to opt out, so there are a number of ideas and proposals that we're advancing. we believe that after november and the elections, the american people are going to send a clear message, not just to the republicans who have been listening to them, but to the democrats who have been ignoring them, so that it's really two elections that are going to happen, because we need to make sure that the president is a one-term president, and that's how we get somebody able to deal
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with that veto issue that you raised, bill. bill: pending the outcome in 42 days so, we might be reliving the days of health care reform yet again as we did for the past year. senator, thank you for your time, i know you're on the floor of the senate, once a week, you give a speech on this, it's something we'll revisit with you and democratic colleagues. thank you senator. senator barrasso out of wyoming. go to"america's newsroom", click on the bya box, file that question, martha, or shoot a an e-mail to me or tweet me. three ways. bya, because you asked. martha: do you have your home own number on there? >> that's coming next! >> martha: the cold war may be over, but the spies are still out there, according to these charges that this couple is facing right now. selling nuclear secrets to venezuela is what the charge
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is. so how much time could these two face behind bars? we're going to get a closer look at this fascinating case. plus,. >> ♪ >> ♪ >> ♪ bill: martha, you know who that is? martha: i do. bill: do you at home know who that is, making her debut on "dancing with the stars"? the reviews are in. and the identity, set to be revealed for the woman in the red outfit, moments away.
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bill: want to get back to this top story we mentioned at the top of the hour involving a terror arrest in the city of chicago, police say this 22-year-old man planted a fake bomb in a trash can and he had more
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target necessary mind, mike tobin is on the story, live in the windy city and good morning, was the public in danger, what are we learning, mike? good morning. >> reporter: good morning, bill. according to the fbi, the desire to hurt people was there, but the ability was not. and that is because the fbi had gotten sami hassoun on their radar screen a long time ago, a 22-year-old lebanese immigrant, he talked about attacking sites around chicago. ultimately he started talking with confidential envelopants and undercover fbi agents and they provided him with a fake bomb, a dud, it was a paint can filled with fake explosives, attached to a timer, put into a backpack, put into a shopping bag and ultimately dropped into a garbage can outside of slugger's, the famous wrigleyville establishment and it was dropped there as the dave matthews concert was letting out late saturday night, early sunday morning. shortly after that bomb was put in the gar abandon can the black suv scooped up it,
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party goers barely noticed anything was wrong, bill. bill: who is this guy, again? i mentioned he was 22. what more do we know? >> 22 years old, from lebanon, not affiliated with an islamic organization, not interested in islamic ideology. the criminal complaint says he had a desire to shake chicago. his facebook page said he was executing his business strategy plan, which appears to be just to attack so human sites that he humiliated the administration of mayor daly, ultimately forcing him to resign. >> absolutely no indication whatsoever thatsy associated with or was inspired by any terrorist groups, either foreign or domeec, the complaint alleges he was acting on his own for two reasons: one, to make money off of this, and two, to effect political change within the city of chicago. >> reporter: now, according to the fbi, he planned to hit the daly center, he planned to hit the willis tower, which you
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may know is the sears tower, and taint the city's water supply which ultimately means poisoning all of lake michigan. what's interesting here, at the time he placed that bomb in the trash can, it appeared that he was unaware that mayor daly had already announced his plans to step down, bill. bill: same old theme, huh? nothing like a smart criminal! mike tobin, thank you. out of chicago. martha: here's what's up. bristol palin's "dancing with the stars" debut hit the screens last night and with it per his emsemmably, check this out, folks, she was dressed sort of like her mom when she took the stage while her family was reportedly watching at home and no doubt getting some entertainment out of all of this. check it out. >> ♪ >> ♪ martha: it's a great
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country, huh? i mean, be whoever you want to be, go out there, dance on "dancing with the stars". bill: i thought she did really well! they had publicity a week ago on this, said she wasn't doing well, struggling, she wasn't comfortable. martha: you know how much harder it is than it looks? i really would like to see bill hemmer on "dancing with the stars". i think you'd be pretty good. david hasselhoff is out there, the situation from my home state bill: don't hassle the hemmer! >> and jennifer grey is one of the favorites to win. enjoy next season, though. bill: hey, that is washington and we are minutes away from a major announcement from a major tea party organization. you will hear that live. what do they have to say?
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martha: pretty interesting. a florida dad who says he just wanted to -- [ female announcer ] there are endless reasons to get together
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martha: we're waiting for a big announcement, folks, that could put the tea party on a level political playing field, live shot we have right here, the national press club and a group called the tea party patriots, which is about 2800 tea party groups under one big umbrella, the largest tea party organization out there. and they are expected to announce a huge financial contribution from a large conservative donor, who shall remain unnamed at least for now until it gets dug up as well. it will be an interesting announcement, welcome i'm martha maccallum, brand new hour of "america's newsroom." bill: i'm bill hemmer, good morning, the song that she chose to dance last night, "mama told me not to come". martha: mama probably signed off on that one. which is very cute. bill: this announcement expected any moment now, is a mystery donor that can put the grassroots movement on a much bigger playing field.
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martha: that's right. steve centanni is live in washington covering the live story, today. what is the basic goal, do you think of the press conference? what are you hearing, steve. >> reporter: the idea is to build on the momentum of the primaries, where a tea party candidate, as you know, chalked up notable victory and to try and carry the excitement over into the general midterm election in november and the tea party patriots, a coalition of hundreds of grassroots groups across the country, will announce an anonymous 7 figure donation and it adds a bit more of a national party flavor to a movement that is proud of its grassroots origins, but, officials say the big donation will not be used for tv ads, just forget out the vote efforts, between now and november. martha? martha: and, any reaction to this from the white house? >> well, no, not directly but of course as you know, the president did weigh in on the tea party movement, yesterday, during a town hall meeting and he said americans have a noble tradition of being skeptical about government, he said that ills a good thing, but, he also had this criticism of tea party
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activists. >> president barack obama: the problem that i have seen in the debate that has been taking place, and in some of these tea party events is i think they are misidentifying sort of who the culprits are here. >> reporter: now, the president said it was actually the past administration that initiated two tax cuts and two wars that were not paid for and he said we're not going to solve problems just by yelling at each other. at the same time the democratic governor's association is planning to ex-exploit what they see as a rift in the gop, and, says the g.o.p. is in the midst of a brutal civil war in which a battle rages between the tea party extreme right, and the traditional right wing of the republican party and the american people, they say, still want common sense, not extreme right-wing solutions, to the problems we face. there is an unusually high number, by the way, of governors races in the midterm elections, 37 of them, martha. martha: there are, and, those are going to be something to watch as well.
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thank you very much, steve centanni in washington. bill: and, too, martha, tea party backed senate candidate christine o'donnell is dismissing claims that she misused campaign money, a government watchdog group filed a complaint against the delaware senate candidate with the federal elections commission, the sec saying that she used campaign money to pay her rent and other personal expenses. o'donnell says the group is trying to derail her campaign, again those charges denied. martha: ceremony is set for today honoring one of our nation's bravest. this afternoon, chief ma-- a soldier who single handedly held off enemy forces in laos in 1968 while saving wounded comrades and was shot and killed as the rescue helicopter took off and he understand the sons will attend the white house ceremony and his story kept under wraps for decades because his mission
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was secret and we thank him for his service, and, the family for their service, as well. bill: and this is not good news, breaking news out of the war, in afghanistan. fox news confirming that nine of our troops have been killed. connor powell, streaming live in kabul, afghanistan, with more, now. what have we learned? >> reporter: bill, the latest u.s. deaths bring the number of u.s. and international troops killed here in afghanistan to a record number of 529, just to put that into perspective, in 10 months, a new record of how many people, foreign troops have been killed in afghanistan, the last record was set in one year, was 521, and this is a grim milestone, a reminder of how deadly and violent the war in afghanistan has become, now, today's helicopter crash happened in southern afghanistan, in an area called zabul province, near kandahar and helmand where the taliban are strongest throughout much of afghanistan. and, nine u.s. service members were killed, three other people were injured including a u.s.
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civilian who is also on that flight, now, the military is not releasing a great deal of information about what actually caused the helicopter crash, the taliban did claim credit for the crash, but, according to military sources, there were -- there is no report of enemy fire, in that area, today, they don't think it was in fact taliban who shot it down, the helicopters crash here in afghanistan all the time, because of the conditions and the environment here, it is a difficult place to fly helicopters and, it is an area where the taliban are strong and u.s. special forces operate there, near, constantly, aefrev day, trying to force the taliban out of there but it is pretty much controlled by the taliban and there has been little international an afghan presence. bill: nine americans dead there, in the southeastern part of that country, that's war continues. 6 minutes past, martha? martha: all right, for the third time in four years, the denver broncos are dealing with the
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death of a teammate. wide receiver kenny mckinley was found dead in his home, police believe the cause of his death was suicide. the broncos head coach said that he had a promising future but most importantly was a great teammate, with a smile and personality that can light up a room, according to the coach, his death the latest in a series of troubles for the team, in '07 a player was shot and killed in a drive-by shoot, and three months later, another player collapsed and died at a charity basketball events. bill: sad news, too. out of denver, right. it started as a grassroots movement, now it might be considered a political power player. well a large stash of cash might be a game-changer for the tea party and we're watching and waiting for the announcement, by the way, in washington and we'll bring it to you and check in there. and, this... martha: the video we got in today. from a car race, something went horribly wrong obviously in the stands, fallout from the
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serious injuries. the engineers looked at this thing down in brazil and the conclusion is quite obvious. structural issues at the bleachers. martha: and too many people on them. bill: not built safely enough... and, this is the aftermath, you see, people being carried away by these who helped immediately, 100 injured there, in brazil. wow. martha: shocking. imagine standing on those things, while it collapses and watching it in slow motion it is more horrible and we hope the injuries are minor, a remarkable, remarkable piece of video. let's move on to the announcement we have talked about this morning, we are waiting for and will get underway any minute from now, a big announcement from the group known that's tea party patriots. they are unveiling a major cash dough nati donation and the movement is successful, several midterm wins are under their belts and even the president says he understands americans are against bigness, as bill clinton called it, this week, in government.
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>> president barack obama: i think there is also a noble tradition in the republican and democratic parties, saying that government should pay its way. that it shunts get so big, that we're leaving debt to the next generation. all those things i think are helping. martha: all right, so let's tackle these with a senior writer for the weekly standard and a fox news contributor, steve, welcome, good to see you as always, steve hayes. >> hello, martha. martha: the announcement first: the tea party patriots oversee 2800 tea party organization across the country, grassroots, didn't want to be beholden to any big, central group, and what do you think of the major dough nation a -- donation and what the impact will be. >> it is the next natural step for a organization, mutual that is beginning to coalesce around the election issues, that were elected to see -- this fall and i don't think, however, that the
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funding of the tea party movement is the big story about the tea party movement. it is interesting to see the way it is covered by the mainstream press and the "washington post" and politico and others, so focused on the money being raised and the organizational question, when i think actually the real story is the fact there is not much of an organization, hasn't been and the tea party that's grown in power and influence over the past 12 months, like nothing we have seen in american politics, probably for 30 or 40 years. martha: you know what? i think you are so right on about that, steve. this is -- in my lifetime, i have not seen a movement of this kind of strength. a political change, and you think about when you look back at the period, in years to come, this is what people are going to write about, in terms of the politics of our lifetime at this moment. that there was a movement, a ground-swell, that fought for change, whether they like it or not. are we seeing in the sound bite we played from the president, an acknowledgment on the part of, you know, the establishment, the
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administration, in power? this is something more than they ever thought it would become? >> that is a great question, i don't know the answer, i mean, look, that he -- nobody has known how to react to the tea party from the beginning, remember, at the beginning of the tea party movement, everybody treated them with -- most people treated them with dismiss sieveness and snide references to the tea party and deriding them as a fringe group and we have seen the initial assessments were not only wrong but wrong in a significant way. and, we have seen the growth of the tea party movement, because part what they are argue and issues they are focused on are the issues that are driving voters, not just republicans, conservatives, democrats, independents, and, those are the issues people are concerned about and that is what the tea partiers are talking about and you have seen the political establishment in washington go from sort of dismissive toward the tea partiers, to curious about the tea partiers and, then the poll showed one after another after another the tea partiers were not a fringe group and had significant backing and
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you have begun to see them treat -- be treated with a little bit more respect. martha: and i think, it typically, this kind of right-wing idea, ideology has been much more aligned with social issues, when you look at the tea party, they are not screaming and yelling about social issues, taxed enough already, is what "t" stands for and is that a sent -- what tea stands for and that is what people across the spectrum can sympathize with and understand and that is what was overlooked, the issues as you say of the group are central to people's gz gruntalment and the woman we -- d disgru disgruntalme disgruntalment, what we heard from the woman yesterday, with the president. >> and, what you hear from democrats and the white house, is they are arguing, yesterday's president obama yesterday actually taking the point,
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arguing for more government or defending the bigger government they have given us when, in fact, most of the country, tea partiers included and tea partiers leading the charge, doesn't want more government and the president is saying, look we have provided student loans and expanded access to health care and we have reached the financial system and we have done all of these things, but, all of them, sum total, basically amounts to more government, people are saying, we don't want more government, and, enough of this already. listen to us. and, it is a difficult place for people like president obama, and his party, to make their argument, because, they a essentially saying look at what we have done and people are saying we see what you have done and don't like it. martha: one of the president's quotes yesterday was, we have proposed to freeze discretionary spending for three years and start whittling down some of the debt i inherited. and i think people, some people listen to that, and say, first of all, $2.8 trillion in debt, since the obama administration
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came into office, and, that the idea of whittling down and discretionary spending is sort of not getting to the heart of the matter these folks are talking about. >> no, not at all and the biggest political problem in making their case, this election cycle is the stimulus. people know what the president proposed, $787 billion in stimulus was at least unnecessary and i think, the far -- so far ineffective and people understand that and when the president touts what the stimulus supposedly has done it reminds people what -- they are spending more money and then you have the fact that the stimulus was $787 billion, and it has been revised upwards, some people say $862 billion and then you have a president calling for fiscal responsibility, there is a huge disconnect there, obviously. martha: how significant do you think the moment was, when the woman, you know, some people think, oh, she was a plant and other people think she was a genuine surprise in that room when the president took her questions, and is that sort of a
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joe "the plumber" moment? that we'll look back at and say, remember when the woman look at the president and said, look, you promised change and i'm not getting it, am i supposed to get used to the way things are? >> yes. i think it was a pretty significant moments, the whole events was sort of off-key for the president, and, when he has to answer to somebody like that, dis spirited obama voter, i think she's speaking for a huge section of the country. people who were sort of independent, and, middle of the road and maybe even conservative democrats, who have said, even if we like the rhetoric about hope and change throughout the elections, we are not seeing the kind of change that we wanted to see and, everybody understands because it is math. that the change that we have had has come at a great cost, these are dollars that are not going away and this is government money and this is money that is coming from the taxpayers, or is being borrowed, at some point, i think there is a basic recognition we have to pay the money back. martha: yeah, all right, important stuff, tapped into here and being sorts of focused
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across the nation and someone is putting big bucks behind the tea party movement and maybe we'll find out who it is when we see the news conference and what the meaning will be for their "get out the vote" effort where the money will be focused. steve hayes, always good to talk to you, sir, thank you very much, see you soon. bill: 19 minutes past the hour, guess who the mexican drug cartel is targeting now? two reporters from a newspaper are murdered, how the paper is reacting to stop more bloodshed, how their reaction is making headlines, a much different sort. martha: and here comes the mud in california. folks, flying across the room, accusations in the big budget contest, for california governor. this one is very close, folks, the real deeshlgs we'll separate fact from fiction, coming up. [ male announcer ] if you have type 2 diabetes,
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bill: follow-up on a story, a father who lost his cool, simply, earlier this month, he stormed onto a bus in florida. and, threatened the children on the bus. and, some of the language he used is inappropriate for 13-year-olds or cable news, for that matter. apparently, his 13-year-old daughter is disabled and had been become id on board this bus and the father was taking action to defend his daughter. james willie jones is now apologizing for that, in fact, right now, in florida, lake mary, florida, he's holding a press conference and this is somewhat unusual, but, he's issuing his public apology, making it very public, saying he should not have lost his cool and he was in the wrong and also, wanted to stick up for his daughters, and, she has cerebral palsy and he couldn't stand by and watch her suffer and faced a judge, and close to $2,000 bail, to, ordered to stay away from
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the driver of the bus and, he is not happy what he did and could not take it any more, and, as most parents would relate to, sometimes, you wants to stick up for your kids and that is what he did, and, rather unusual press conference here, wanted to share it with you, happening down there, in florida. martha: you can sympathize with his emotions, and, his admittedly, inappropriate behavior, but, we wish him well. all right, let's go south of the border, mexico city's violent city is giving in to the drug car tells, and juarez's newspaper says they'll restrict the coverage of the drug war. why? because an attack killed the paper's second reporter in less than two weeks. the fronts page of the newspaper asked the cartels, quote, explain what you want from us. what we should try to publish. so that we know what to expect. at least 22 mexican journalists
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have been killed, covering the drug cartels in the last four years. unbelievable. bill: that means the cartels winks right? they get their way. the race for governor in california getting down right ugly as are many across the country, republican meg whitman and democratic challenger, jerry brown, duking it out on the airwaves, and this is why: a rasmussen phone survey shows how tight the race is, check that out: 48-45. within the margin of error and all of the negative attack ads, how do voters know the truth? our fact checker is william lajeunesse, watching tv all day long, listening to the radio, and and what is up with that, william, good morning? >> reporter: wialways remember political advertising is propaganda and ads lie and mislead and lack context and is illegal and in this race, brown depicts, actually whitman portrays brown as an old out of touch geezer and a tax and spend
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liberal and brown depicts whitman as a greedy, failed ceo, and a slash and burn conservative. >> wouldn't it be nice every time meg whitman told a lie her nose would grow. >> reporter: lying is not obvious in california's gubernatorial race. >> he raised taxes as governor of california and had a surplus when we took office and a deficit when he left. >> whitman said california lost jobs under jerry brown and 1.9 million jobs were created an spent millions saying joe brown raised tax, the fact is he cut $4 billion in taxes. >> reporter: true, false or just misleading? >> if you are looking for truth, don't watch political ads. sometimes they tell the truth. but, they almost never tell the whole truth. >> politics and later served two terms as governor, big spending, turned a surplus into a billion dollar deficit. >> reporter: true brown raised some tax and reduced others and
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misleading, because it fails to say voters helped create the deficit. >> the legislature had to back fill prop 13 in and raise money to pay local jurisdictions like schools. and, so, taxes did go up. >> reporter: special interests are going after whitman's record, as ceo at ebay. >> what is her record as ceo? overhead spending, up, 2,000%. fees, hiked, six times in six years. >> reporter: true but the ad lacks context. ebay grew from 138 to more than 15,000 employees. >> obviously she started with a small company and on valleys the company spent a lot more money at the -- when she left and ran a very successful company. >> reporter: now in consumer advertising, a manufacturer often must submit documentation to a products claim, in politics, bill, campaign only has to provide sourcing, that is why in the bill clinton ad, the whitman campaign will not pull that ad, even though when you
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account for inflation and population gains and state department -- the state department of finance says taxes under brown went down but, the claim by unions that meg whitman was a failed ceo, is absolutely laughable, because, the harvard business review says she's one of the ten best ceos of her time but it is basically all misleading and you shouldn't really believe what you hear in negative a-. bill: you'll have a fun 42 days! we haven't mentioned the senate battle, between boxer and carly fiorina, enjoy it, william, thanks. martha, what is coming up. martha: some of the country's school systems have become so bad that it may take superman to come in and save them.
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the producer of inconvenient truth is turning his lens on the teacher's unions. bill: and a modern day espionage tale involving who suspects accused of selling nuclear secrets, overseas, the judge is on that today, in the house, in moments. @k@k@k@k@k@k@k
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martha: breaking now in
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"america's newsroom," utah's army national guard commander apologizing for the blaze that started at his base and saying he allowed live fire training despite high wind warnings calling it a systematic failure, 1600 homes were evacuated, and the flames are now only 20% contained in several homes -- and several homes were lost in those fires and bob barker is feeling all right. after passing outing at a shooting range, recently hospitalized but now back on his feet, saying, this healthy young body bounced right back! bill: come on down! martha: exactly, tens of millions of dollars of damage after catastrophic flooding in taiwan, now there are reports two people lost their lives as a typhoon swept ashore. bill: all right, new developments this morning, an issue over national security. the case of a couple accused of offering to sell nuclear secrets
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throughout the country, in this case, venezuela, the man and his wife, marjorie, pleading not guilty before a judge just yesterday, they both worked for the los alamos national laboratory and according to the charges the feds have been tracking the couple for years, and, not an easy case to crack, either, judge napolitano, host of fox business network's "freedom watch" love how you say that, how are you. >> great, how are you. bill: this is a government run sting. >> right. bill: and they found what. >> they found a couple willing to trade, quote, restricted data, i'll explain that in a moment, in return for cash, to a person, the couple thought was an agent of hugo chavez and in reality it was and fbi agent pretending -- >> the fbi was onto these people. >> correct, the fbi approached the people and how the fbi decided they they're ones to
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apreach, we'll only learn if there is a trial and the fbi approached them and it has been going on since '08, information given and money paid an conversations being had and plans made, bank accounts in venezuela and argentina, being open, and in reality, the government concedes this, because this was a controlled sting, by the fbi, and nobody was ever harmed and none of the information ever made its way to venezuela. bill: controlled sting, interesting. go to your next point. >> the next point is an interesting unwaone, they are n accused of spying, not accused of espionage, not accused of selling classified material, they are accused of selling restricted data, which is a phrase simply meaning, these people once agreed not to reveal it. if it turns out this restricted data is available publicly, or easy to get on the internet, the government's case collapses. bill: no kidding, they were not charged as spying. >> right. bill: not charged with espionage. or classified secrets. >> that's why when they pleaded
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note guilty yesterday they were released on bail and releasing somebody on bail in a case involving national security, is unheard of. but, the judge basically said to the government, this is not that great a case. bill: judge said no big deal and they were watching these people for years and do they not have the evidence, or are they innocent. >> good question, bill. the whole case will turn on what the restricted data consisted of. the fbi agent pretending to be the agent of hugo chavez, said, my country is interested in developing nuclear weaponry and you are a nuclear physicist and we need your expertise, so, if this guy gave them what they could have gotten from encyclopedia britannica or the web site, there is no problem. bill: as opposed to stuffing papers in your bag when you walked out at the end of work. which happened before at los alamos. >> and those people -- >> i'll give you a chance and you say i must temper my views
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for a certain reason. why? >> because even though it was a government controlled sting, though the government approached them, the supreme court does permit prosecutions of people who are the victims of stings, if they generate the stings themselves. if they willingly go forward with it, if they enhance the purposes of it, because, their intention here according to the indictment, was to harm the united states. bill: we'll see where it goes and what the judge says the next time, when they are before a judge, and this is not a judicial question or legal issue, but if you are giving secrets to a country like venezuela you don't know who in venezuela might be taking the information and giving it to iran or north korea or some other offender. >> you are 100% correct. bill: judge, thank you. we'll check you out on fbn, watch "freedom watch" with the judge, saturdays and sundays,
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fox business network, check your local listings. for the channel in your area. what time do you air there, 10:00 a.m. >> 10:00 a.m., 8:00 p.m. saturday, 7:00 and 11:00 in the evening on sunday. bill: 7 and 11:00, see you, pleasure. martha: thanks, you guys, brand new unemployment numbers in at the regional and state level and the news is not pretty. 27 states recording unemployment increases in the month of august, and the region with the highest rate, the west, coming in at more than 10%, the state with the highest rate yet is nevada, the unemployment rate there, 14.4%. if you can believe that. nevada. 14.4%, that is almost 5% above the national rate. and you wonder why harry reid and others in nevada are in a tough race, tough economic situation there. so, how about this? how do you feel about your economic situation compared to two years ago? do you feel since the beginning of the administration your situation is better or is it
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worse? head over to our web site at"america's newsroom." where we love hearing from you. the more of you out there who respond to this is more we like it. bill: yeah, we do. nevada had a tough time. michigan has had a tough time, too. i didn't -- i thought michigan was higher, given the auto industry and the collapse up there. martha: right. bill: both states are hurting now, though. martha: michigan is coming back a little, maybe with the auto industry, thriving somewhat. let's hope, is right. and now we have to bring back vague, get out there and spend money. bill: you and me, girl. martha: let's go. bill: one of the men who helped create al gore's documentary on climate change taking on the rather unexpected target, you could say. >> if you look at what has happened in american public education, over the last 20 years, we have gone from number one, in a lot of different respects, to absolutely at the bottom amongst developed nations. bill: waiting for superman, are we? after the break here. and we'll explain the title and talk about it, in minute.
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bill: medical news now, the feds wants you to clean out your medicine cabinet, the dea holding the first national prescription drug take back day. this saturday, locations across the country, the agency wants people to turn in old or expired prescription drugs. the goal is to get people to stop using medicines such as anti-depressants and painkillers for recreational use. martha: we have a really important subject to talk to you about now, a new documentary that is taking an unflinching look at our school system in this country and the impact of teachers unions on our schools, now, it comes from the same director who did al gore's an inconvenient truth, shannon bream reports. take a look: >> even the kids who are -- kids
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are getting stupider every year or something is wrong in the education system. >> reporter: the man behind the explosive education documentary, waiting for superman says it is the latter. on september 24th, david guggenheim's movie about the u.s. public school system will hit theatres an follows students and their families on the uphill battle to secure good education in a system guggenheim labels broken. >> among 30 developed countries, we rank 25th in math and 21st in science. >> reporter: the chancellor, michelle reid, lauded for her innovative ideas and criticized by the local teacher's unions features prominently in the documentary and says it is time to get a good look at what happened. >> if you look at what happened in american public education over the last 20 years we have gone from number one, in a lot of different respects, to absolute at the bottom, amongst developed nations. >> reporter: while charter schools are portrayed positively in the new film, teachers unions are not.
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but, this is no attack from the right. guggenheim is the academy award-winning director and producer behind al gore's global warming documentary, "an inconvenient truth" and randy weingarten, president of the american federation of teachers, praises his attempt to get the country talking about education but is not happy about what she calls an accurate portrayal of teachers and unions. >> teachers, most of them do heroic work every day and we need to give the good teachers we have the tools and this conditions to support them, we need to support them, rather than scapegoat them. martha: boy, this is a huge story to take on, we'll take a piece of it now, dr. eva moskowitz was featured in the movie called "the lottery" a different documentary that highlighted the failures of school systems and her very successful harlem success academy and she has a whole advises, a group of large charter schools and is this founder and ceo of the success
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charter network and also a former new york city council woman and was the chair of the council's education committee, dr. moskowitz, welcome, good to have you here. >> thanks for having me. martha: your school in harlem, the success academy has 6,000 children on the waiting list who want to get in. >> it is heartbreaking if you have been to one of those lotteries, because, parents want a great education for their kid and i'm the mother of three and no parent wants anything but the best for their kids and there is not enough spaces, not enough great schools, in new york city, or across the nation. martha: this documentary shows what happens to those 6,000, the ones who don't manage to get into one of these charter schools, they are in schools where teachers are in the so-called rubber rooms, which i understand don't exist any more, but, where you are shaking your head. maybe they do, to a certain extent, where teachers who are awaiting a hearing for disciplinary action still get paid and sit in a room doing nothing. >> we are not judging our
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teachers, holding them to the statement standards we are holding the kids to. and, if kids are going to succeed we have to have merit rather than seniority playing' fundamental role in how we evaluate teachers and we don't have that now. martha: largely because of tenure, let's look at another clip for -- from would waiting for superman". >> for these kids the only chance of getting into a great school depends on whether their number is picked in a lottery. >> if he doesn't get in, there is another chance. >> no. >> your children and future generations are on the bridge of the titanic and everybody is going to drown. martha: you know, when you look at the numbers, 125th in math, the u.s., 21st in science and, number one, incompetence. >> we need to reverse that and we need less self-esteem and more mastery over basic academic
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subject matters, this is not a crisis that affects urban areas, it is one that affects our entire nation. and we are going -- we have to get with the program or other countries will eat our lunch. martha: it is stunning to me, when a look at that, we spend a lot of time in public schools, these days building kids' self-esteem and everybody gets a trophy in baseball, there are no -- there is no grades. in grade school, and we have built up their self-esteem and i want to emphasize, as i know you do, there's a lot of good teachers and this is a problem and there is something wrong here. talk to me about tenure and tenure reform. >> well, it is odd that after three years, can you imagine in any other industry, after three years, you get the job for life? irrespective of performance? that is a bizarre system. we don't expect the kids to plateau after three years. we expect them to continue to grow and improve and we have to expect the same of adults, we have a double standard and kids are held to a high standard and
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the adults aren't. of course the adults often need support and we have to support teachers and we have to train them better and our schools of education in this country are not doing a great job. they'll have to step up to the plate, so our teachers are better trained. martha: and, as amy weingarten pointed out there are a lot of great teachers and they are heroic and should be rewarded for that and should have no problem with there job security, dr. moskowitz, thanks for what you are doing and thanks for being here today. bill: i salute my sister, a high school teacher back home in cincinnati. martha: me, too. bill: great kids and a great classroom. securing our ports, serious business, the latest idea to prevent a terror attack that includes one weapon, honey, this is not the airport. puts up your tray tables, when we come back. 1965, a lot of good thin came out that year
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martha: all clear for landing on runway i-85, a nice long stretch of straight highway. bill: plenty of pavement. martha: engine problems forced the pilot to put it down on the highway, blocking four lanes and it is miraculous, we have seen it before, when in doubt, if you don't have somewhere to go, land on the highway, and everyone will get out of your way, fortunately, no reports of injuries. bill: i-85, atlanta. and, it is packed all the time, fighting terrorist threats, in southern california the l.a. sheriff's department is using a high-tech ship that can detect chemical and biological weapons before the car goes off loaded and that is one of the many tools authorities are now using to protect against a potential attack, and adam housely at the port of l.a., in long beach, how
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are you, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, bill, yeah, we're live now on board the 55-foot ship, in the l.a.-long beach port, as you mentioned the longest port of its kind in the country and behind me is a massive cargo ship, pulling alongside, as we move to the part, if a terrorist attack hit the port it could potentially cost the u.s. economy up to $1 billion a day. on the water, in the air, and on four legs... a combination of federal, state and local law enforcement deploys the most advanced detection team in the world. to protect the l.a.-long beach port complex against a possible terror attack. >> this particular patrol boat is outfitted to help us detect nuclear weapons, radiological, and weapons at sea and has a chemical warfare agent detector on the boat as well. >> reporter: the $3 million boat, $220,000 pod for the
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helicopter, and the chemical-sniffing dog are all first of their kind, anywhere, protecting the port complex has been i.d.'d as a terror target with 40% of all u.s. imports, passing through here. >> so much of the u.s. economy runs through the port, that we know that it's not just -- we're not just protecting the port, we are helping out with the entire country. >> reporter: bill, we're live again on board the ship, and look inside, the sheriffs department runs the all-agency, federal, state, local work together and they bring a different type of capability as you can see, the technology is small and compact and on computers, and, it is absolutely imperative for our security and safety here on the west coast, bill. bill: a good view, thank you, adam housely's on the water there, long beach, california. martha? martha: so long, say good-bye to cookies and candy bars, big changes coming to a lunch room near you, healthy choice is getting its own vending machine, coming up on "happening now" coming up after this. boss: our s gonna be great.
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>> reporter: spider-man is a baseball fan. the phillies fashion the braves last night. some yahoo storms the field. left fielder matt diaz trips the superhero. nice tackle. looks like a football game going on out there last night. jonbill: he does whatever a spir can. martha: he should have been able to get out of there. the real spider-man would. there is her beautiful young son sawyer just pwoerpbg. she's been out for three and a half years. i

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